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Pushing New Boundaries at Wingate University

Savanna Harris, Staff Writer

The start of your college journey can come across as daunting. In most cases, everything is new. New city, new people, the list goes on.

From moving into a space filled with unfamiliar faces to hoping that you don’t walk into the wrong room on your first day of classes, it can all seem rather intimidating.

No one knows this to be true more than the 933 new members of the freshman class of 2022 here at Wingate. With orientation long over and classes beginning more than two weeks ago now, they have gotten a firsthand look at college life.

Freshmen Kayden Wilson and Hailey McCarty were both eager to share their thoughts.

Overall, the general consensus seemed to be that, so far, college is great but definitely a far cry from high school.

According to Hailey, “It’s very… different from the life that I am used to. I’ve never had this amount of freedom before. There’s definitely been a learning curve as I’ve figured things out.”

On the other hand, Kayden went as far as to say, “Honestly, college, in my opinion, is amazing. Personally, I thought I would end up being homesick, but I took Ruth’s (one of the Orientation leaders) advice when she said to get involved and have loved every second on this campus!”

Getting involved in your new community can be one of the best ways to become more connected to it. Along with potentially opening up new opportunities, it allows for the chance to connect with people on an individual level.

“I am a part of the Common Ground worship ministry here on campus, as a singer,” Hailey said. “It’s been really cool meeting other people who are into the same things that I am through that program. I’m also thinking about joining the Psychology Club, but I haven’t fully decided yet.”

Another way to meet new people, although this one isn’t quite so voluntary, is living in a dorm for the first time. Hailey and Kayden are thankfully enjoying their new living situations.

Kayden said, “I love my roomies and my suitemates across the hall! We have an open door policy and it makes me feel a lot closer with them.” It remains true that living in that close of quarters with people can cause friendships to form extremely quickly.

All in all, let’s face it, being a freshman can be scary. But, despite occasional homesickness or a particularly stressful class or assignment, college is the adventure of a lifetime. It may not seem like it at times, but running through a downpour to make your 8 a.m. will be worth it in the end. There might even be time for the occasional Netflix binge, too.

Edited by Rachael Robinson

Wingate moves to 2-0 with win over Fayetteville State

Brendan Shriver, Staff Writer

Wingate jumped out to a 27-6 lead en route to a wire-to-wire 27-13 victory over Fayetteville State Saturday night at Irwin Belk Stadium. This is the fifth straight year the Bulldogs started a season 2-0.

“It was a good win. Fayetteville State was a much bigger, more physical team than what we faced last week. It was a step up in physicality, which will help us heading to next week’s game,” Wingate Head Football Coach Joe Reich says.

In his second career start, redshirt freshman quarterback Shaw Crocker connected on 19-of-33 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns, with his primary receiver being BJ Muckelvene, who caught seven passes for 122 yards and a TD. Crocker now has 5 touchdown passes through two games this season. “Shaw continues to take steps forward, both in practices and during games, which is good to see,” Reich says.

Joe Kelly led the Wingate defense with 13 tackles on the night. Cardell Rawlings also contributed with two sacks and Juan Pagan-Gonzalez had three tackles and an interception.

But perhaps the biggest factor in Wingate’s victory was the special teams. “Our punter was a difference maker,” Reich says. “He got us out of jams. The kicker did a nice job as well. It was also good to see Ronnie Procopio break off a big return.”

Chris Birozes averaged 44 yards on six punts, with a long of 55 and another punt downed at the two-yard line. McLean Robertson was two-for-two on field goals, connecting on a 31-yarder and 42-yarder while also going three-for-three in PATs. Procopio had a 48-yard kickoff return to start the third quarter.

Wingate is back in action next Saturday, hitting the road for the first time this season and opening league play, traveling to Carson-Newman for a 7 p.m. start.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Bulldogs start 2018 in dominant fashion, shutout Johnson C. Smith 36-0

Brendan Shriver, Sports Editor

In the first-ever Thursday night home football game at Irwin Belk Stadium, Wingate recorded 9 sacks and held the Johnson C. Smith University Golden Bulls to 123 yards in a 36-0 shutout.

“It was pretty cool to be part of the first Thursday night home game,” Wingate Head Football Coach Joe Reich said. “It was a good win and the defense played lights out. They played a great game and we are excited about what they did and we were hoping that would be the case.

The Bulldogs were up-and-down for much of the second half offensively after leading 10-0 at halftime.

In his first start, junior running back Domineke McNeill had 155 yards on 18 carries, including a 67-yard run. In his first appearance as a Bulldog, redshirt freshman quarterback Shaw Crocker went 14-for-22 with 201 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for a touchdown. Defensively, Davion Washington had a team-high eight tackles while Gabe Price got three tackles for loss and two sacks.

The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday, hosting Fayetteville State at 6 p.m.

Edited by Rachael Robinson and Brendan Shriver

McDonald wins SAC Player of the Year Award, cherishes season

Shane Rich, Staff Writer

For the first time in her time at Wingate as a golfer, Diana McDonald has been awarded the SAC Player of the Year Award for Women’s Golf. McDonald, along with the rest of the women’s golf team, has had much success throughout the course of the year, as they just finished winning the SAC Tournament with a 26 stroke victory over Queens University.

“I have definitely learned a lot this whole year about my golf game and became a more mature player from my freshman year last year. I kicked it off very well last season with our first tournament which I came 2nd and shot 73-68. I think with that starting I was able to take that with my other tournaments” McDonald said.

The SAC Player of the Year also had some comments concerning advice for younger golfers as well as who she has to thank for her success.

McDonald said,“We have two freshman this year and they are very great players. With their ability on the golf course I feel that they can do great things in the future. My best advice for them is to do themselves and just do what they do best!”

“My family has always been there for me from the beginning and always have supported me and sacrificed so much for me. I thank them so much. I would also like to thank my wonderful team for having a great year and for working hard out on the golf course and for always being supportive. Finally, I would like to thank my coach from back home in Canada who has helped me a lot in my golf game.” McDonald said.

McDonald had much to say about what made the SAC Player of the Year award so special, and she also capped everything off by telling what her favorite moment was this year.

“My favorite moment of the year is going to tournaments with the team. But we held our home tournament in South Carolina and everybody on the team went and I had fun with them. Also, some of our supporters came to watch us during the tournament and we got to have dinner at our coach’s parents’ condo one night, and we walked on the beach and played with the younger kids. It was just a great time.” McDonald said.

As they look forward after McDonald’s year for the record books, the women’s golf team hopes to continue their success throughout next season.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

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Wingate Men’s Golf finish season 3rd in SAC Tournament; Women win conference, moving on to NCAA’s

Kyle Brodt, Staff Writer

Both Wingate Golf teams had strong showings this year at the SAC Tournament with the women taking the title and the men finishing third in the competition. The women’s championships, hosted by Newberry at Member’s Club at Woodcreek, was a runaway with the Bulldogs winning by a whopping 26 strokes. They were led by sophomore Mind Puangcharoen, who won the individual title with her 54-hole total of 232, edging out Queens junior Cameryn Smith by just one stroke.

Coach Erin Thorne said the team, “Couldn’t be happier,” for Puangcharoen, who also grabbed her first career collegiate win at the championships. Laura Nunez Rodriguez and Diana McDonald also had strong performances, finishing tied for fourth with each other and giving Wingate three golfers on the All-Tournament first team. The women will travel to Germantown, TN for the NCAA Division II Championships hosted by Christian Brothers University at Germantown Country Club.

The men improved on a disappointing tenth place finish last season, finishing in third and putting three golfers in the Top 15 of the individual rankings. The Bulldogs finished with a total of 891 at Cobb’s Glen Country Club in Anderson, SC, 13 strokes short of champion Carson-Newman, and were unable to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Coach John Hackney, in his first year at the helm, expressed the disappointment that the team felt after the finish, “We were disappointed not to win, obviously, because we knew that’s what we needed to get to the tournament.”

The team was led by fifth place finisher Charles Joubert, who tallied an even-par 216 for the three days and made the All-Tournament First Team. The Bulldogs had a one-shot lead heading into the back nine on Tuesday, but played holes 11-14 at eight over par and could not recover. Coach Hackney believes the team will use this experience and improve coming next season. “We will be even better next year and be ready to make a postseason appearance.”

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Wingate Baseball continues great season with doubleheader split at Anderson

JT Stokes, Staff Writer

The 22nd nationally ranked Bulldogs rolled over the Anderson Trojans in a 13-2 victory in game one of Sunday afternoon’s South Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader at Anderson University, but the Trojans took game two in a 5-4 victory to claim the three-game SAC series. The Bulldogs are now 30-11 overall and 14-7 in the SAC.

Game One: Wingate 13, Anderson 2

Ty Andrus led off the game with a double, then scored on Mellett’s RBI double. Brown’s RBI single gave the ‘Dogs a 2-0 lead. A walk and Andrus single put two on for Mellett in the second, which gave Wingate a four-run lead with a two-run single backside.

 

Sophomore McCann Mellett had a huge game, going four-for-five with three doubles, five RBIs and two runs scored to push the Wingate offense. Juniors Tyler Schneider and Zach Little both added an RBI and scored two runs, while seniors Brett Branton and Ty Andrus combined for five hits and five runs scored. Senior Bradley Brown went a perfect three-for-three with a homer and three RBIs, while freshman Jed Bryant added a homer and two RBIs.

 

Bradley Brown connected on his 10th home run of the season on a two-run shot to give the Bulldogs a six-run lead in the sixth.

 

Wingate scored seven times in the seventh inning to go up by 13. A lead-off double from Branton and a Zach Little RBI single started the scoring for the Bulldogs. A Mellett two-run double and Schneider RBI double made it 11-0. Bryant hit a two-run homer to end the scoring giving Wingate a 13-run advantage.

 

Right-handed pitcher Austin Turgeon goes to 5-2 on the year with another win. He allowed only three hits and allowed only one run in seven innings, striking out three and walking three.

 

Game 2: Wingate 4, Anderson 5

William Thomas had a big day for the Anderson offense with a double and two RBIs in game two. Dillon Carpenter drove in a run for the Trojans, and Chandler Castleberry and Brandon Odachowski each added a hit and an RBI.

 

For the Bulldogs, junior catcher Micah Goodwin went two-for-three with a homer and two runs scored and Mellett was two-for-four with a double to lead the Bulldogs. Branton and senior outfielder Trent Wynn each added an RBI in game two.

 

Anderson scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning to push them past the Bulldogs. Three straight singles loaded the bases, with an Odachowski RBI single getting the Trojans on the board. Thomas tied it with a two-run double, while a Carpenter sacrifice fly and a Castleberry RBI single gave Anderson a 5-3 lead.

 

Christian Hendrix got the win, allowing two runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings, moving to 2-1. Matthew Stanley worked 1 1/3 innings for his fourth save of the year, allowing a hit and striking out three. Junior right-hander Lane Wildman took the loss, falling to 2-2. He allowed two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

 

Leading the NCAA DII in wins, the Bulldog offense has looked very sharp this season, averaging 7.5 runs per game. The team has an on base percentage of .400 and a fielding percentage of .950.

 

With his 45th career home run, slugger Bradley Brown moved into 2nd place all-time in Wingate Baseball career home runs. He is the first Bulldog in school history with 10 or more homeruns in 4 straight seasons. He is also top 10 in SAC history in home runs, RBIs and walks.

 

The offense has also had a huge spark from junior outfielder Tanner Forry with 14 home runs on the season leading the SAC. Senior outfielder Ty Andrus leads the SAC in stolen bases with 19.

 

Wingate is back in action Wednesday, traveling to USC Aiken for a 6 p.m. start.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Bulldogs Men’s Tennis cruise to sweep at Carson-Newman

JT Stokes, Staff Writer

The 24th-ranked Bulldog Men’s Tennis team remain perfect in league play with a resounding 9-0 victory at Carson-Newman University in South Atlantic Conference men’s tennis action Saturday afternoon. The team improves to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

The 11th-ranked Wingate men’s doubles team of Daniel Belsito and Josh DuToit remained great with an 8-1 win at number one doubles. Duncan Addison and freshman Josep Canyadell teamed up for an 8-6 victory at number two doubles. Freshmen Matthew Jones and Enrico Giacomini then teamed up for an 8-3 victory at three doubles giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead heading into singles play.

 Belsito notched yet another 6-2, 6-3 win at one singles, while Canyadell added a 7-5, 6-1 victory at two singles. Jones triumphed 6-4, 6-3 at number three singles, and Giacomini won 6-4, 6-2 at number four singles. While Tamir Geva added a 8-4, 8-6 victory at five singles, Duncan Addison also concluded the day with 8-4, 8-6 victory at six singles.

The Wingate Men’s Tennis team are back in action Wednesday, hosting Lenoir-Rhyne at 2 p.m.

Edited by Brendan Shriver